. . . . So now we learn that the Harper government, which got rid of the long-form census because it allegedly intruded upon the privacy of Canadians, has been making use of a secret electronic eavesdropping program to track our telephone and internet activities.
If there was nothing wrong with this program when Liberal Defense Minister Bill Graham brought it in in 2005, why did the Conservatives get rid of it a couple of years later? If there was something wrong with this program [which there was], why did the Conservatives bring it back in 2011? And why did they do so in secret?
And why are they now hiding information on the program behind blackened out (redacted) lines and paragraphs in documents released through the Access to Information process?
It seems that Harper’s Conservatives really have become (to quote former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber) “the thing they mocked”!
[The complete text of my letter published on this date in the Globe and Mail]
Burris Devanney is a Canadian educator, development worker